anem·​o·​ne | \ ə-ˈne-mə-nē How to pronounce anemone (audio) \

Definition of anemone

1 : any of a large genus (Anemone) of perennial herbs of the buttercup family having lobed or divided leaves and showy flowers without petals but with conspicuous sepals

called also windflower

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Recent Examples on the Web To understand why this is, researchers from the European Molecular Biology Lab Heidelberg fed a test population of anemone varying amounts of brine shrimp. Claire Bugos, Smithsonian Magazine, "These Sea Anemones Grow Limbs When They Eat," 15 Sep. 2020 Without the gene, the anemone simply couldn’t grow new tentacles. Rasha Aridi, Science | AAAS, "The more they eat, the more tentacles these sea anemones sprout," 10 Sep. 2020 Chrysanthemums come in a variety of colors and petal shapes, including button mums (which are popular in fall gardens), anemone, quilled, spider, spoon, and pompon. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, "Make Sure You Include These Long-Lasting Cut Flowers in All of Your Arrangements," 31 Aug. 2020 Intact cabins have been taken over by corals, anemones, and fish. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, "Thirty-six Thousand Feet," 10 May 2020 Visitors scuba dive, snorkel, or cruise in a catamaran, sailboat, or glass-bottom boat to experience the colorful coral and marine life that includes sea turtles, eels, anemones, and a wide variety of fish. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, "The Best Places to Travel in April," 12 Feb. 2020 These anemone-like creatures secrete a type of calcium carbonate known as argonite, enabling them to convert seawater into stone and provide both food and habitat for other marine animals. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Ten Smithsonian Artifacts You Can 3-D Print," 27 Nov. 2019 This little cove is filled with pristine tide pools teeming with anemone, starfish, and octopus—enough to keep kids and adults occupied for hours. Condé Nast Traveler, "11 Best Beaches in California, From Surfer-Friendly to Cliffside Views," 6 Mar. 2020 Here, the black centers on the anemone pops and the white protea looks almost downy. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Roses Are Dead, Violets Are Too: Here’s a Better Way to Bouquet," 12 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of anemone

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for anemone

Latin, from Greek anemōnē

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The first known use of anemone was in 1548

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29 Sep 2020

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“Anemone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of anemone

: a type of garden plant that has white, purple, or red flowers


anem·​o·​ne | \ ə-ˈne-mə-nē \

Kids Definition of anemone

1 : a plant that blooms in spring and is often grown for its large white or colored flowers


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Medical Definition of anemone

1 capitalized : a genus of herbs of the buttercup family (Ranunculaceae) widely distributed in temperate and subarctic regions that have lobed or divided leaves and showy flowers and that include some (as a pasqueflower) used medicinally especially formerly
2 : a plant or flower of the genus Anemone

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